Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy New Years...a little late

In our household, we have a tradition of New Years (day).

It started, as far as I know, at my Grandma's house when she would have all the relatives over for a giant New Years Day lunch/dinner.  All the women would be in the kitchen and all the men would be in the living room watching tv.  Being the feminist I was (even at the age of 4), I always refused to go and help in the kitchen and would stay with the men to watch football.  

This happened through my teenage years, until my Grandma died and then my aunt and uncle died and then my other aunt died.  New Years was then moved to our house.  

I still tried to avoid being in the kitchen, but it's a lot harder when your mom is the one doing all of the preparations.  Instead of everyone pitching in, somehow, over the years, it became solely my mom's responsibility.  

The last 5 years or so have broken with tradition.  My mom got ill.  Then my dad got ill.  And then my mom went on strike because my sister didn't come back to celebrate.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Great Big World - Say Something

Made a new video!

I was driving in Fresno, which is the only time I really listen to the radio these days (I sound like such an old person) and on my way to Ulta.  I wish they had one of those in SF.

But I heard this song on the radio and thought, huh, that's a cool song.  Who sings this?  I bet it would sound really good with harmonic Ds the whole time.  Because that's how a dork thinks, right?  Well, that's how THIS dork thinks, at least.

The version I heard was the one with Christina Aguilera, though I didn't realize it was her until I Google searched it later.  Yes, I listened to both versions.  I like both, but thought that the Christina Aguilera version would make a more interested rendition for a video.

Oh, yeah, and I got new glasses.

I'm kind of excited about it.  The 15 year old version of me who really wanted to have Janeane Garofalo glasses is uber excited.


 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Being Interviewed - George's and my Anniversary :)

This was kind of a big week!

George and I (my cello) celebrated our 8th Anniversary on January 8th.  We're very happy together, in case you were wondering.  He's not so happy about the cold and rainy weather recently, however, and is spending his time sulking in the corner.

I was also interviewed by First To Know!  This was a pleasant surprise; I've only ever been interviewed by a 4th grader for the school newspaper.  I totally forgot that my Instagram is so public, and that literally anybody can look at the pictures.  That's cool; I just wasn't expecting it to be used in the interview.  Not that that's a problem.  I guess I assume that the only people following my Instagram / blog are students or friends.

So here's a link: http://firsttoknow.com/naoko-marukos-love-music-allows-create-epic-renditions-favorite-songs-cello/

I like that "epic" is in  the title.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

System of a Down - Lonely Day

I've been saving this transcription for a day I felt horribly depressed.  Fortunately for me (or unfortunately for you), I never got THAT depressed, and the song just sat by the wayside.  Since I've gotten so much sudden attention because of my Muse cover, I thought those same people might like System of a Down?

Also!  I got a new microphone!

Can you tell?  I used no filters or effects or anything on the sound, so it's all just me.  It's a lot of Naoko coming at you.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

What's Happening?!!!

Oh...my goodness.

What is happening?!

It started with my dad sending my cousin Roberta a link to my youtube videos (since my dad now knows that everybody has youtube and you don't have to download it).  She sent it to her kids (I assume).  And one of HER kids posted it on reddit.

http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1u7ebq/just_found_out_that_my_cousin_a_cellist_has_been/

I woke up on the 2nd of January to an inbox full of subscription notices.  My Muse video jumped from a few hundred to over 24,000 (as of now).

Then I found this.  I'm in the Huffington Post.  WHAT?!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/cellist-five-parts-knights-of-sedonia_n_4531631.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

I repeat.  What's happening?!

While before, it was mostly my own former students who watched my videos (if that), it seems I have opened myself up to a new audience.

Sharing the cello love, people.  That's always a good thing, right?

Still.

I'm kind of in shock....